First reactions and observations
- So either Frankfurt forgot to get off the bus from Bayern Munich today are the real deal. Not to fill up Rio Ferdinand here, but Nagelsmann could be on to something with this 4-2-2-2. Need more data.
- Dayot Upamecano finally looks like the defender we paid 40 million for. The Frenchman was quick, cool and controlled the whole game under pressure today, making several key interventions to prevent Frankfurt from even having a whiff on target. Solid outing overall.
- Manuel Neuer continues his shaky start to the season. Is age starting to catch up with him?
- Jamal Musiala is the golden boy. I can’t believe how long it took coaches to give him consistent starts, he’s one of the best players at this club right now.
- Bayern Munich again slowed considerably in the second half, so the condition is not quite there yet.
full time: Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1.
83′ — TARGET! Jamal Musiala makes it 6-1, Sane assists.
81′ — Subtitles: Matthijs de Ligt and Noussair Mazraoui replace Lucas Hernandez and Dayot Upamecano.
63′ – Goal. Excuse me. What was that, Manu? Neuer makes a roar to concede a goal.
57′ — Goal? Not exactly. Frankfurt has a goal disallowed for offside. Ryan Gravenberch is also up for Bayern.
45′ — Second half starts!
Halftime Observations and Analysis
- Sadio Mane plays as if he has been playing for Bayern Munich for ten years. Never has a player made a smoother transition to this team. What an excellent signing he is.
- Jamal Musiala continues to cook. This boy is really special.
- Serge Gnabry really benefits from having Mane around him. The Senegalese striker seems to give Gnabry more confidence in his game, which has resulted in a marked increase in performance.
- Eintracht Frankfurt has completely surrendered the midfield. It might as well not exist.
- 4-2-2-2 now seems to be the way forward.
Peace: Bayern Munich lead 5-0.
42′ — TARGET! Gnabry makes it 5-0! WOW.
35′ — TARGET! Musiala makes it 4-0 against Bayern in 35 minutes! Muller with the assist.
29′ — TARGET! Sadio Mane scores on his Bundesliga debut! 3-0 to Bayern now.
10′ — TARGET! Benjamin Pavard makes it 2-0! Great start!
5′ — TARGET! Joshua Kimmich shoots from a free kick at home! Smoke? Who cares?
Kick-off: We’re on our way in Frankfurt! The 2022/23 Bundesliga season is officially in full swing!
One hour until kick-off: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann makes no changes as he puts Bayern Munich in a 4-2-2-2 formation (as predicted by most outlets for the game). Will this line-up do better than against Leipzig? Or will we see it unmasked? Guess we should wait and watch.
As far as Bundesliga openers go, it doesn’t get much juicier than this. Bayern Munich take on reigning Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt in front of 50k of the competition’s most rambunctious fans. It should be quite a bit.
For Julian Nagelsmann and the players, of course, the goal remains the same. Keep winning no matter what. Every mistake is a disaster, every moment of weakness will reverberate through the fanbase and the media in the coming weeks. Thomas Muller once said that Bayern Munich players don’t win games to enjoy victory – they do it to enjoy a Sunday in peace. That’s the kind of pressure we’re talking about.
Even without Robert Lewandowski, the standards haven’t changed. With the addition of superstar signings such as Sadio Mané and Matthijs de Ligt, expectations for this coming season are even sky-high. Let’s see if the team can live up to the hype.
It’s Bayern time.
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